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Interview:
Junk Monkeys' David Bierman gets back in Overdrive with new band, album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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It's been 20 years since David Bierman released new music. But the former frontman of Detroit's Junk Monkeys is back in active duty this month with a new band, called David Bierman Overdrive, the new album "Standard Skies" and a firm recommitment to active music-making.

"I had to challenge myself a little bit and just see if I could work up the mojo again, see if it all worked," says Bierman, 48, who by day is a creative director with the Lowe Campbell Ewald ad agency in Detroit. "I'm not a guy who writes a lot of songs. So this winter I told myself if I could write 10 halfway decent songs I would force myself into the studio."

"David Bierman Overdrive" has those, plus a high-octane cover of Carole King's "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman." The Overdrive is an all-star collective of Detroit musicians who play in bands such as the Beggars, American Mars, the High Strung, Blueflowers, the Dives and more, and Bierman says multi-instrumentalist and producer Dave Feeny, who recorded the album at his Tempermill studio in Ferndale, was instrumental in keeping the singer-songwriter's aforementioned mojo on track.

"He was definitely the sounding board, and he kept my feet to the fire," Bierman says. "I told Feeny I would be sending him a song a week for the next two months, so he had to listen and look in his email for whatever rag-tag song I had come up with that week. And If I was running a few days behind I would get a poke from Dave -- 'Where's number four? Where's number five?'

"It was good having him do that. I could easily have slid into another 20 years of not doing anything."

And with the Overdrive booking more shows, Bierman says he isn't planning any more long absences from music in the near future.

"I think this is definitely the beginning of something new," he notes. "We're having a ball. We're getting along famously and we're cobbling together a sound that jsut feels right and doesn't feel like we're trying to be 25. So I'm going to start cranking up the songwriting machine and hopefully it won't take 20 years to do it again."

David Bierman Overdrive, Oak Bones and Jenny Porter & the Tucos

Saturday, Oct. 4

The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale

Admission is $8 and includes a copy of Bierman's new album, "Standard Skies"

Call 248-546-3696 or visit www.thelovingtouchferndale.com

Web Site: www.thelovingtouchferndale.com

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